World Diabetes Day 2016
World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on 14 November. The theme for 2016 is ‘Eyes on Diabetes’ – focusing on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications, including blindness.
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is growing in Australia and around the world.
Almost 280 people develop diabetes every day in Australia. The majority develop type 2 diabetes. It has been estimated by the International Diabetes Federation, that by 2040 1 in 10 adults globally will have diabetes.
Shocking as this figure is, many people don’t know they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, don’t seem to think it is a problem or worse still, have already developed it but have not yet been diagnosed. In fact, half of people living with diabetes don’t know they have it.
What can YOU do this World Diabetes Day?
The statistics about type 2 diabetes are alarming and preventing this condition has never been more important. The good news is, up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases CAN be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles.
The first step in preventing type 2 diabetes is to know your risk. Take the test.
Encourage your friends, family and work colleagues to take the test also by sharing this link.
The Life! program works
The Life! program offers people at risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke the support and motivation to make lifestyle changes and to reduce their risk.
If you are interested in learning more about the Life! program call 13 RISK (13 74 75).